Emergency government funding for the UK arts sector and freelance creatives

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'For the 1st three decades of my career, I was a freelancer surviving on very little income. I know what it is to rely on every single paid gig and workshop to survive, which is why I'm fully supportive of this petition urging the government to provide emergency funding for arts freelancers in precarious times.'

Booker Prize Winner, Bernardine Evaristo

The Corona pandemic is hitting those in the creative sector & freelance artists particularly hard. They are experiencing mass cancellations of events/gigs/workshops, often without compensation, and face huge financial uncertainty. This is likely to get worse over the coming months with freelance creatives struggling to pay bills and rent.  Germany has instituted emergency government funding and MP Tracy Brabin is campaigning in the UK. Arts Council England is providing support but given the scale of the problem, further government funding will be needed if the arts sector is to survive. Please sign to show that you support the arts sector and freelancers at this difficult time and believe this funding is essential.